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#ShortStory – Betrayal


He was late that night. Really late.

“Rani must be furious by now. What a day! Meeting after meeting, no respite from work and no charge left in my mobile,” he thought to himself as he waited for the security to open the gate to his building. It was past midnight. Not a soul around, just the two men from the security services.

Once inside, he didn’t wait for the lift. Instead, he climbed the stairs, two at a time. Once outside his home, he rang the bell and waited. There was no sound from inside.

“Raaaniii!” he yelled and rang the bell again, repeatedly this time. He was tired; his entire body was sore. There was so much work at office. Maya’s become too demanding. She would want him to spend time with her at work and after work too. Today she had threatened to call Rani if he didn’t take her out for dinner. Phew! He made a mental note to sort this issue at the earliest. Rani shouldn’t find out anything. He loved her. He really did. Maya was a mistake which he cannot shake off.

Still, no sign of Rani. He took his phone out to call her but realised that it had no charge in it. Suddenly, he remembered that he had the keys. Rani would always be right by the door, so he never had to use them. Fumbling in his pocket, he got the keys out and opened the door. Inside, all the lights were switched on. Food was laid on the table, left untouched, cold now. Cursing himself, he mumbled, “She hasn’t eaten. But, where is she?”

“Rani!” he called, closing the main door shut. Wind blew in through the open french windows. It was October, already slightly chilly. He frowned looking at the open windows. Walking inside, he went to their room.

There she was, lying on the bed. He sighed with relief; no questions to answer tonight. He went directly inside the bathroom to change.

Coming back to the room, he noticed she hadn’t changed into her night clothes. Guess she was tired. But she hated to sleep without a bath and a change of clothes. Moving towards the phone, he saw she was holding her mobile in her hand. Chuckling to himself, he went to take the phone. “You are addicted to whatsapp, dear wife!” he whispered. Taking the phone, he shook her slightly to wake her up. With the jolt he pulled his hand back. She was cold.

But the room was warm! Heart beating fast, he shook her once more. She didn’t move. He looked at the mobile in his hand and unlocked it. The call history was open. One incoming call from Maya and 32 unanswered calls made to him. Maya’s call was about 5 mins long and about the same time she had threatened him that she will call Rani. Putting two and two together, he guessed that the call must have got connected by mistake and Rani had heard everything. Numb, he just sat at the feet of the bed, not sure what he should do. She was dead. SHE WAS DEAD. But how? How could his Rani die just like that! Their first child was due in four months and they were so happy! He wanted to scream but his voice got stuck in his throat. He sat there, staring at her. His Rani. No one has loved him as much as she had.

No one could. She has lived for him. And she has probably died because of him.

Minutes went by. The house was silent now, except for the clock ticking in the master bedroom, and occasional sobs of a man who thought he could handle it all.

Slowly, he pulled himself up and called the ambulance. They rushed in and the body was taken for postmortem. Rani had died of a heart attack. Reason of the heart attack unknown to the doctor and the police.

But one man knew. Law doesn’t recognise emotional trauma as a crime but God has his own ways to punish. The man who had killed his wife and his unborn child, would live the pain for years now.

 

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33 Comments

  1. Amazing flow and command on timing. Loved the story.

  2. Divya Dixit says:

    This is absolutely thriller. Yeh dil maange more!!

  3. A very heavy price to pay but betrayal always has its consequences.

  4. it’s such a sad story but betrayal is usually sad and tragic.

  5. Such a poignant thriller this was. Sad but true for many!

  6. The image with the story attracted my attention! Loved the story. Betrayal always gets its due!

  7. Betrayal is always ugly, as are the the consequences of it. Poor Rani.

  8. Loved the story, though it had a sad end! When people get into extramarital, they hardly ever think of the consequences – what it will do to their marriage and to their mind/conscience.

  9. My heart was racing while I read the story. Thrilling. very well written

  10. So much in pain! This is such a tragic story that I am lost for words as I type this! It definitely changed my mood and I will take a few moments to read the next blogs!

  11. This is heartbreaking. Some mistakes can never be repented. Loved the narration.

  12. Nice and heavy on heart story.

  13. I could feel the dread in your words & I loved the way it wrapped up at the end – “Law doesn’t recognise emotional trauma as a crime but God has his own ways to punish.”
    Very well written!

  14. Oh! That was sad.

  15. I am a fan! This story is amazing and it ended so well. He will live his life in fear, disappointment and will never be happy!

  16. What a superb story of betrayal, Samarpita! It left me with a sinking feeling, even though the protagonist had betrayed his wife. That is the power of your pen. Kudos!
    #DeepTiesReads #MyFriendAlexa

  17. Well worded and very intense.

  18. Heart rending story. It held me in a rapture right up to the end.

  19. A sad ending. The the husband would suffer forever.

  20. Isaac Singer once said “ When you betray someobody else, you also betray yourself.” The burden of guilt that the protagonist will carry with him for the rest of his life is unfathomable. Well written with fluidity, this is a story laden with emotions. Loved it!

  21. Beautifully penned though sad ending. Emotions came out well in your narration. Keep it up!

  22. I got goosebumps reading it. I think your hero deserves what he would get. Pain, sorrow and loneliness

  23. Leha says:

    She has lived for him. And she has probably died because of him….. These were deeply moving lines.
    #MyFriendAlexa #literarylehareads

  24. Sad ending…but this shade is quite prevalent in today’s scenario.

    #MyFriendAlexa #ilaenjoys #Blogchatter

  25. What a thrilling story! Betrayal always comes with its consequences but sad that people don’t realise it.

  26. Suchita Agarwal says:

    Quite an unexpected end that. I was assuming he’d find his wife in bed with someone else. But the twist made the story all the more heartbreaking.

  27. You have penned down this short story so beautifully and love reading every sentence like a mystery read.

  28. Intense and sad. Betrayal often kills a person in more ways than one.

  29. Beautiful story. Gripping and extremely heart-wrenching. Keep writing.
    #MayuraReads #MyFriendAlexa

  30. Your story made the suspense grew line after line. Narration of betrayal with a perfection.

    Cheers
    MeenalSonal from AuraOfThoughts
    #MyFriendAlexa #MeenalSonalReads

  31. This is heart-wrenching Samarpita. Extramarital affairs cause more harm than one presumes always.

  32. Extra marital affairs hardly leave space for good. Unfortunately even though this guy wanted to come back, perhaps it was too late. I dont understand why people get involved in extra marital affairs, but then again, love is blind, to everything and all feelings. #LiveItYoungReads #MyFriendAlexa

  33. Very well written. I was on the edge of my seat throughout

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